Feast of the Holy Innocents candlelight rosary procession and Mass

December 28 in Sacramento

 

'Herod' king of the Jews.Crowned head with face and neck composed of first-born (Holy Innocents) he massacred (Bible Matt. 2:16).Anonymous 17th century in style of Arcimboldo. Oil on wood.

‘Herod’ king of the Jews.
Crowned head with face and neck composed of first-born (Holy Innocents) he massacred (Bible Matt. 2:16).
Anonymous 17th century in style of Arcimboldo. Oil on wood.

On the feast of the Holy Innocents on Friday, Dec. 28, the public is invited to attend a candlelight rosary procession and Mass to pray for the sanctity of life.

At 5 p.m. families and participants are invited to gather with Bishop Jaime Soto to light their candles in front of the steps of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, located at 1017 11th St. in Sacramento, and begin a procession through the streets to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, located at 711 T Street. The rosary procession will wind its way through the streets of the city, pausing to pray for life in front of the state Capitol and the Sacramento County courthouse.

Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at Mass in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 6 p.m. The choir from St. Mary Parish will sing during the Mass. Carpools will shuttle people back to their cars following the Mass.

This annual march for life commemorates the infants of Bethlehem who were killed by decrees of King Herod, and also the innocent unborn lost to abortion around the world today.

For more information about the procession and Mass on Dec. 28, call Carol Schoner at (916) 791-1819.

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  1. Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
    Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

    O sisters too, how may we do,
    For to preserve this day
    This poor youngling for whom we do sing
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

    Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
    Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

    HEROD, THE KING, IN HIS RAGING,
    CHARGED HE HATH THIS DAY
    HIS MEN OF MIGHT, IN HIS OWN SIGHT,
    ALL YOUNG CHILDREN TO SLAY.

    Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
    Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

    That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
    And ever mourn and sigh,
    For thy parting neither say nor sing,
    Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

    - The Coventry Carol

    • Maryanne Leonard says:

      The words and music of this classic tune may be recognized by most readers, hauntingly beautiful as they are. I have been told that these words were frequently also sung by women grieving the loss of a child, either through spontaneous abortion (the medical term for miscarriage) or for the death of a child after its birth, a not uncommon source of a mother’s suffering in all ages before ours. Now I think the most common reason that women lament the loss of a child is due to intentional abortion, and I am sure that many a woman is profoundly sorry that she was the instrument of the death of the baby God sent her. It would seem to me that this sorrowfully moving music would be a perfect musical expression of the suffering of any woman who has lost a child for any reason, even through her own intentional actions which I would think most women would later regret dreadfully deeply, an action which cannot be reversed no matter how sorrowful and repentant she may be, which is one of the saddest states of affair imaginable. The only thing sadder is a woman who is not sorry that she caused the death of her inconvenient child, and sorry to say, there are those. Many an abusive parent also blames the child rather than accept responsibility for their reprehensible parenting. These children, and adult children, deserve our compassion as well as those who were deprived of their very lives.

  2. Many people who call themselves Catholic still voted for Barack Hussein Obama, a Modern Day version of King Herod. The grave sin of abortion is only one of the many sins that Jesus hung three agonizing hours on the Cross to Redeem us for. This is why Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

    Do those voters who looked the other way so they could benefit by having even more immorality legalized know what they were doing when they chose to ignore the suffering of these most innocent babies?

    These are our Modern Day Holy Innocents who are either ripped apart limb by limb, or skin scalded with burning saline inhaled into their lungs or stabbed with scissors in the brain or left to die alone in a cold stainless pail without any compassion, mercy or love shown.

    Mt 6:12) and “the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you” …

    Listen to the chillingly cold audio where Obama says that he trusts that the attending physician who initially tried to abort the baby will be the one to decide if the baby is viable and in need of help if born alive. Listen to Obama say that it would place TOO MUCH of a burden on the attending physician to bring in another doctor to decide if the baby was viable. Where is our once Catholic nation’s concern for a helpless baby’s burden of suffering? Listen to this audio and then ask yourself, “Did I look the other way so I could in any way enable this horrific evil?”

    Google “New Audio Surfaces of Obama Defending Infanticide in Illinois
    by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 8/23/12 4:01 PM

    ” That President Barack Obama was the only member of the Illinois legislature to not support a bill to provide medical care for newborns who survived failed late-term abortions is one of the key reasons pro-life voters will never support him.

    Now, Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack has uncovered new audio of Obama, as a state legislator in Illinois in 2003, defending his position. Obama essentially argues that there is no need for the law because he trusts abortion practitioners to provide medical care for the baby they unsuccessfully tried to kill in an abortion.”

    Those Catholics who knowingly voted for Obama still have time to repent with true contrition in a confessional. Be courageous and honor God’s precious gift of life. Repent while you still have life.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      How sad, this movement for Masses of Reparation for the Sins of Abortion on December 28th started in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now Lost Angels, and it started under the auspices of “The Holy Innocents Reparation Committee with Bishop Juan Arzube a Spiritual Advisor of the Committee as its first celebrant and even Cardinal Manning participated once. The late Fr. John McKenna was the Committee’s active Spiritual Advisor. It had the best of Hollywood participating as well.

      Now under Mahony and Gomez, I know of nowhere in the greater Lost Angels area that it is being celebrated with a Bishop as its celebrant!

      Viva Cristo Rey!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

  3. Bishop Samuel Aquila, Nov. 15, 2007

    Let us now turn to the culture of death in which we find ourselves as Catholics today. In Evangelium Vitae 3, John Paul II cites the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Guadium et Spes (GS 27) and its strong condemnation of attacks against the dignity of human life.

    Though the quote is lengthy, it helps us to understand that the culture of death existed even in 1965, and indeed well before then, and has only grown deeper in our times.

    The Council Fathers stated: “Whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia, or willful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where people are treated as mere instruments of gain rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others like them are infamies indeed. They poison human society, and they do more harm to those who practice them than to those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are a supreme dishonor to the Creator.”

  4. Laurette Elsberry says:

    Thank you for the coverage of this annual event. For over two decades this procession and Mass has been held. Occasionally, in the early days, the local TV news had a short segment on it, but now it is certainly not politically correct to refer to the Holy Innocents since the relationship to the modern slaughter of babies in the womb is obvious.

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